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Shot stopper Sammy Sherrington represents North Wales U18 Hockey squad

Shot stopper Sammy Sherrington represents North Wales U18 Hockey squad

A shot-stopping sensation put in a good performance as part of a regional Hockey side last weekend.

Sammy Sherrington, an Upper Sixth Form pupil at the school, was part of the North Wales U18 squad that took on Rossall School on Saturday, January 13.

The 17-year-old produced a number of fine saves throughout the contest, which resulted in a narrow 5-3 loss despite a spirited effort.

She said: “Last time I played I was a bit asleep for the first 20 minutes and let in a goal so I was pleased with my performance today where I was much more on it from the start.

“I am not too disappointed. I was happy with my performance with no errors and plenty of saves- just unhappy with the result.”

Sammy was joined in the line-up by Victoria Searl, who represents Flintshire and is the daughter of former Rydal Penrhos pupil Rob Searl, who is the current Deputy Headmaster of Terra Nova School.

The Prefect, who also captained Conwy recently, remembers a training session with the boys’ first team hockey goalkeeper when she was in Year 8 that really changed the way she approached goalkeeping.

“He was really good and just having someone you respect take the time out and show you a few things was really important at the time,” she added.

“I think I realised then that this was something I could really have a go at. Mrs (Nicky) Head and Mrs (Dawn) Jones have always believed in me and even when I was thrown in at the deep end in Year 9 and 10 with the senior girls when I was very inexperienced, they always made me feel like I could do it.

“Obviously playing for North Wales was a big deal but to honest be I found getting my full colours last year from the Sports Department was something I was really proud of.”

Sammy hopes to study Sports Rehab or Physiotherapy in the near future.


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